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21 July 2016 / leggypeggy

If you’ve committed such a crime, I forgive you, but don’t do it again

Car in disabled parking space

The offending car in the middle. The battle is in full swing

Have you ever pulled your car or motorcycle into the parking space designated disabled? I can imagine the scenario. It was the only Disabled space in the carpark and right in front of the pharmacy. You had to pick up a prescription and you’d be quick.

I’ve been aware of the sacredness of disabled parking spaces for many decades. My mother had great difficulty walking. Later in her life she relied on a wheelchair for longer outings. We even designed our house at the beach to accommodate someone in a wheelchair.

Then in early 2000, Poor John’s Aunt Esther came to live with us. She was 89 at the time. We built a granny flat for her and designed it to be wheelchair-friendly. About 2004, she qualified for a disabled parking permit. She didn’t drive, but I was her chauffeur, and the rules said I could use it only when she was in the car or when I was coming to pick her up.

Esther moved into demented aged care when she was 97. We kept the permit to use when we took her on outings. When she died 10 months later, the permit was returned to the city.

And now I’m getting to the point of this post. I have been stark-raving furious for the last few weeks as I have watched one person repeatedly abuse a disability permit.

Twice a week I drive Rhodanthe (and sometimes Elizabeth) to seniors’ gym class. Rhodanthe is 94 and Elizabeth is 95. Both use walking frames. The disabled parking spaces are about 100 metres from the entrance.

Three weeks ago, I pulled into one of the disabled spaces, and a dark blue BMW pulled in beside me and took the last disabled space.

The windows were tinted so I couldn’t see what the driver was doing, but he/she made no move to get out of the car. I wrangled the walkers out of the back end of the car, and still no driver appeared. We moseyed across the parking lot and up the footpath, and still no driver appeared.

I’m not normally suspicious, but I sensed that the driver didn’t want to be seen walking unaided away from the car. After we got in to the gym, I doubled back and, sure enough, I saw him get out of the car and stride across the carpark, with a briefcase in hand.

Two days later, he was there again. He was pulling into the last disabled space. We moved on a few rows and sat in the car and watched as he got out and strode off with his briefcase.

So I did my job. I didn’t run after him and I don’t leave passive aggressive note, but I did gather evidence.

Even though it was raining, I got a video of him walking away and photos of the car parked in front of the disabled signpost, the disabled permit number and the license plate number.

When I got home, I called the city’s traffic management office and reported all the details. I suggested that a city inspector wait in the carpark between 9:15 and 9:30 on a Tuesday or Thursday, and see for themselves.

Tuesday of last week the BMW wasn’t there, so I assumed success.

But nope. The car was there again on Thursday last week, and Tuesday and Thursday (today) of this week.

I’m going to the carpark tomorrow (Friday) to see if the car is there again. If it is, I will be swinging by the carpark daily and then calling traffic management daily until the behaviour stops. I suspect the permit has been ‘purchased’ on the black market

And if the city can’t/won’t solve the problem, I’ll get the seniors at the gym to beat him to a pulp with their canes. Hey, we’re a tough mob.

P.S. Scroll down through the comments for Derrick’s two stories (quite far apart) about what he saw happen in supermarket carparks. Hilarious, and oh so clever.

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  1. gerard oosterman / Jul 22 2016 12:09 am

    Yes, and a BMW? Kick him in the groin and don’t let up. I too noticed that people take advantage of disabled parking. Not only that, they take parking for seniors too. Last week, I too waited for a car to vacate the driver parked in a senior parking lot. Out came a blond 30 year old on the phone and yakking away. I got out of my car and pointed to the senior signage. She would not move. I phoned the cops ( pretending to) and she finally moved. I normally don’t kick girls in the groin but it came close. What are seniors to do? Take assault weapons to Woollies?

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2016 7:07 am

      I haven’t noticed any seniors’ parking places in Canberra. But I’ve been on the disabled parking rampage for at least 35 years—probably ever since such parking spaces were first created. But I’ve upped the fury these last few weeks. You can bet that I’m on the case.
      And by assault weapons, I assume you mean walking sticks and frames. 🙂

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  2. wfdec / Jul 22 2016 12:09 am

    Yep. Go girl. Another one of my pet hate. I saw a bloke in a Sparkling brown/gold Rolls park in a spot like that with a fish sign and a Jesus Loves You sticker. I wrote a note and congratulated him on his wonderful Christian witness and then sneakily stuck a raw potato up his exhaust pipe. He had to get the car towed away. I don’t imagine it made any difference but I felt good.

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  3. Shimonkepha / Jul 22 2016 12:17 am

    Hey do not relent but find out first who he is (may be that is why the traffic management isn’t doing anything. You could use the crude style or the seniors take the rules to their hands

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2016 11:25 am

      He’s no one important. If he was, I’d recognise him and report accordingly. Will keep everyone posted as to how it plays out.

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  4. Derrick / Jul 22 2016 12:54 am

    Now this is one of my pet hates, I don’t use a disabled bay and I don’t see why other able bodied people should use them either

    Well there was a bloke (with a BMW) who always pulled into the last bay in the supermarket, I asked him what made him so special
    He said he was the area manager of the supermarket and where he parked was no concern of mine and just walked off, well me being me, I called the store manager and asked him to come to the car park to see this blue BMW
    He came down and was quite insensed about it, he got a tow wagon to haul it away
    (God knows where this Area manager had gone)
    I hung around to see what would happen next, well this area manager turned up, arm full of shopping, and Hey, no car, I said it’s been towed away, he lost it completely I showed him the photo of it being loaded on the wagon
    The store manager came out with the tow truck phone number, I said he is your area manager and you have had his car hauled away
    Of course the shop manager erupted, he is no area manger of this store, then he called the police, blues and twos turned up
    The so called area manager belted one of the cops, the other cop drew his tazer and shot him
    I felt I had seen all the fun I was going to see, so I left them to get on with it
    I don’t think the area manager will park in a disabled bay again (but I hope he does, we all need a bit of fun and drama in our lives)
    I don’t mind a mum with kids in a disabled bay, but when someone as fit as me parks there, it annoys me

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  5. The Whitechapel Whelk / Jul 22 2016 1:04 am

    Disable him Peggy!…Disable him I say!…DISABLE SOME SENSE INTO HIM!!!
    *with apologies to Monty Python*

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  6. sidilbradipo1 / Jul 22 2016 1:05 am

    The only way is to call the police. On this opposite side of the ocean there is a new law to help stopping these things. Police is obliged to come, to impose a fine and remove the car.
    Abuse is no longer tolerated!
    Ciao
    Sid

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2016 7:14 am

      I hope such legislation comes in here soon. I’m keeping the photos and video as evidence.

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  7. ralietravels / Jul 22 2016 1:17 am

    You clearly have a valid complaint demonstrated by the repeated abuse. I hope you get him.
    But lest others are too quick to jump when they see a car without a placard pull up and someone walk away looking healthy, check twice. I have forgotten at times to put up the placard when transporting or picking up the other half who clearly needs it. Fortunately, a policewoman looked through the window and saw the placard and left me a note rather than a ticket. Also, be sure that “healthy” person doesn’t have a concealed ailment such as a heart condition or a prosthesis beneath his pant leg.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2016 7:17 am

      You make an excellent point. I plan on telling traffic management that I will be calling them daily, until justice was done or they can confirm that the person in question is entitled to use the permit. I always felt awkward when I was going to pick up Aunt Esther somewhere. I’d park in the slot, put the permit on the dashboard and then go in to get her. There I was looking perfectly fit, but I was fetching someone frail and in her 90s.

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  8. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder / Jul 22 2016 2:49 am

    I hate this attitude. I’ve seen people doing this, not very often, though, but such people need to teach a lesson!

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  9. Embeecee / Jul 22 2016 2:51 am

    I’m of the passive aggressive school of thought. I have little cards with “Stupidity isn’t a handicap, but maybe they made an exception in your case.” printed on them and I stick them under miscreants windshield wipers. But it does cut both ways. I’VE been lectured for ‘not looking handicapped’ or for parking in a space without a placard. Because I have license plates with the disabled symbol and number. I had one woman come up to my window and rap on it and start yelling about my parking in a disabled spot since I didn’t have the hanging placard. I said “Look at my license plate!!”. She did and wandered off looking sheepish and embarrassed. But I do wish vile things on poachers who do not have any good reason for parking in those spaces, are not handicapped, and who feel entitled to take the space ‘just because it’s good.’ I hope that guy gets what he deserves and that he is not somebody with a prosthetic or something. BUT if he had one, why act so furtive about it? Why not get a license plate or a placard? That leads me to believe he is a poacher. And should be censured and fined.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2016 11:11 am

      He has the placard/permit, but I am pretty sure there is a black market for ones that are no longer needed by the original permit holder. Permits allow you to park for free in disabled spaces or elsewhere, and stay twice the length of times posted on parking signs.
      There’s probably no way to stop him—assuming he is not disabled—from abusing the permit, but the least he could do is park in normal spaces. His furtiveness is what put me on high alert, and that he’s taking spaces needed for two elderly, frail women. 😦

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      • Embeecee / Jul 22 2016 11:26 pm

        Here, in Utah, there are stiff fines for parking in a handicapped spot without being disabled. One takes down the license number and turns it in. I’m real sorry that isn’t the case in your area. 😞

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      • leggypeggy / Jul 23 2016 3:45 pm

        Here I think the parking inspector has to see the event take place, so I’m hop[ing that happens soon. At least then, the ‘offender’ can confirm whether they have a disability or not.

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  10. derrickjknight / Jul 22 2016 2:59 am

    He is in trouble

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  11. spearfruit / Jul 22 2016 4:20 am

    Seniors with canes should do the job! This frustrates me when I see this. Gary is a disabled veteran and we have disabled license plates and rarely use these parking spots. Trust me, there are many others out there that need those more spots than us. Go get that guy Peggy! 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2016 7:19 am

      I know many people with permits who choose to park normally on their good days. I’m so proud of them.

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  12. Curt Mekemson / Jul 22 2016 4:47 am

    I really like the potato in the tail pipe approach. But taking a photo and calling the police is a better idea. Not long ago I saw a U-Tube video where a person had covered a person’s car with no parking signs. Something of a crowd gathered when he returned and started screaming. When he tried to get a policeman to do something about it, the officer calmly pointed toward the handicapped parking sign. The man ripped enough stickers off of his window to see and angrily drove away. I’m pretty sure he will think about it before he parks in a handicapped space again. –Curt

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2016 7:21 am

      I saw that video too. Quite funny and should be a lesson to all. I could do the same, but it’s been raining for days and I’m afraid I’d be causing a public mess. 🙂 I’m opposed to littering too. 🙂

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      • Curt Mekemson / Jul 22 2016 7:35 am

        Laughing. Just once, littering might be okay, Peggy. You could do penance by picking up roadside trash for a mile or so. 🙂 –Curt

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      • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2016 8:24 am

        I pick up litter all the time. This week, on the dog walks, I’ve picked up countless pieces of rubbish.

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    • Forestwoodfolkart / Sep 5 2016 8:38 am

      I have seen that video too and wondered if he got a littering fine or at least an unroadworthy vehicle fine?

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      • leggypeggy / Sep 5 2016 11:58 am

        We can hope he got both. 🙂

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      • Curt Mekemson / Sep 6 2016 1:46 pm

        You might think so. But I felt that the policeman’s response when the guy was screaming at the him to simply point at the handicapped sign was pretty damn good. –Curt

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      • leggypeggy / Sep 6 2016 2:38 pm

        Yep, brilliant.

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  13. Fiona McLellan / Dan Werkman / Jul 22 2016 6:21 am

    Some people just don’t care about others and feel that for what ever reason, they are entitled to do as they please. A little reminder in the way of a policeman or having a car towed should fix that. In my mad youth a Wealthy blond trend setter parked me in while chatting on her cell phone. I calmly explained what she had done and if she would please move her car… She looked me up and down. Her response.. I am busy on the phone..cant you see!! I will be 5 min, I am just popping into the shops to get some stuff. Bad move on her part.I waited the 5min( To the sec). I then got a old tire I had in the back of my Bakkie or (truck in American). Tied it to my bull bar then pushed that flashy sports car into the road. No one stopped me or had anything to say. It was surprisingly easy. Nothing ever came of that incident. Not that I cared at that moment. Now days I would just get the Police.. Let us know what happens. Dan

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  14. Carol Croce / Jul 22 2016 7:39 am

    My sister use to carry with her notes, about the size of a business card, that she would slip under the windscreen wipers of people parked in disabled parking without a permit. It read, “Stupidity is a disability but it doesn’t entitle you to park here”

    I’m glad someone mentioned less visible disabilities, like a heart condition or leg prothesis that would qualify for a disabled parking permit. Though someone might look perfectly healthy, I figure that if they have a permit, some Government agency has done their due diligence before issuing the permit and I shouldn’t judge.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2016 8:21 am

      What a brilliant idea of your sister’s. I going to make up some notes to carry with me.

      I agree that there are many invisible disabilities, but I was suspicious because the guy didn’t get out of the car until he thought no one was watching.

      A couple of years ago there was a woman doing the same thing in the same carpark. She had a permit that had about six months to go. I took all the details and reported them. Just a few months later, she had a different car and a different permit that had about six months to go. I reckon there is a black market for permits. You know, someone dies and a relative or carer sells the permit—probably for huge sums of money, because a permit means you don’t have to pay for parking.

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  15. luckyjc007 / Jul 22 2016 8:16 am

    It’s a shame that there are people who abuse the parking permits. Maybe a penalty requiring someone to use a walker or wheelchair for numerous errands will give them a feel for what people with a disability have to deal with. You were so right in bringing the abuse of the permit to the attention of the right people, and it is a shame they would not act on it!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2016 8:23 am

      It is possible they did act on it and the fellow has a genuine, but not visible, need. I’m on the case for now. Stay tuned.

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  16. lmo58 / Jul 22 2016 9:05 am

    Oh Peggy, I feel your frustration. As you know, I have a disability sticker but don’t use a wheelchair or a walker. However, I have a lot of chronic pain and bad pain in my knees. No one is ever going to observe me striding out. I wonder about the moral compass of people who do this. Oh! That’s right! They don’t have one. One day I was at Woden, for non-Canberrans, a large Westfield shopping centre, I was heading for the disability spaces and there was a car in front of me and it pulled into the only vacant space. Out hopped a family of five or six. After I’d parked, I checked out their car which, unsurprisingly, didn’t have a disability sticker. But, by the time they returned, they had a very rude note explaining what I thought of their anti-social behaviour. I’m going to adopt Carol’s sister’s idea too. Good luck with stopping this guy Peggy.

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  17. Vicki / Jul 22 2016 9:59 am

    I’d try and park beside his driver’s door so closely he would have the inconvenience of having to climb over through the passenger door to get to his seat to drive out.

    My lovely neighbour and I had a long term run in (years) with neighbours who parked over our car space out the back of my apartment block. In the end she asked her lawyer brother to intervene but it made for very unpleasant business indeed.

    I also get annoyed when healthy able people use a disabled public car space.

    My pet hate is when I’m coming home on public transport and I see a teenager or young adult remain firmly seated when a frail elderly person is standing. I notice all Asians always get up for older people on the tram or bus. Once, I actually told a teenage schoolboy to get up and ‘didn’t your parents teach you any manners’ some years ago (when an elderly frail person was standing next to him).

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2016 10:57 am

      Our disabled parking spaces are extra wide, so to block him in would mean I am over the line. No need for me to get a ticket.
      Yes, and I’ve made teenagers give up their seats on public transport.

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  18. weggieboy / Jul 22 2016 10:01 am

    I once left a note on a car parked in a disabled parking spot. “You are parked illegally in a parking spot designated for disabled people. I have given the police your license number.” I didn’t sign it and I like to think the person concerned had a rough day wondering when the police were coming to visit him or her. (I didn’t notify the police, but would do that now.)

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2016 10:58 am

      I’m tempted to leave this fellow a note saying that I have reported him and it’s only a matter of time before the parking inspector catches him. Fair warning. Huh?

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  19. Curious to the Max / Jul 22 2016 10:20 am

    Peggy,
    I absolutely agree that it is unconscionable for those to use disabled parking when they aren’t disabled.
    Having said that, there are disabilities that are not visible to the eye and I’ve known people with genuine but invisible disabilities (heart disease, auto-immune, chronic fatigue etc) to be afraid to use disabled parking because of the nasty comments people have made.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2016 10:59 am

      I agree that there are many invisible disabilities, but his reluctance to get out of the car when others seem to be around raises my doubts. We shall see.

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  20. mommermom / Jul 22 2016 2:24 pm

    I too have a disabled placard having serious arthritis- one knee replacement and another looming (among other boring things). I only use handicap parking if I am having episodes but don’t if I am doing ok and/or depending on the amount of walking required at my destination. I wonder if sometimes people are looking at me, not realizing…. That being said, I couldn’t agree with you more! There seems to be a disregard of manners and following the rules among too many as if the ‘the rules’ only apply to other people for some strange reason. I just don’t get it.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2016 4:32 pm

      Too many people seem to think the rules don’t apply to them. Sorry to hear you have serious arthritis. I have a lot of friends who do as well. I can’t imagine the pain, but I know how genuine and intermittent it can be. May your days ahead be episode-free. When is your next knee replacement?

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  21. Masala Vegan / Jul 22 2016 2:36 pm

    I support the “pulp” idea, he might very well need a permit afterwards! Social justice comes in all forms!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2016 6:08 pm

      If we have to go for the ‘pulp’ option, I’ll at least give him a warning so we can see how fast he can run!

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  22. voulaah / Jul 22 2016 3:55 pm

    Peggy, I wish your week end will be a happy one
    🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2016 4:23 pm

      I hope yours is too. We are getting a lot of rain so I’m inside baking bread and cake. 🙂

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      • voulaah / Jul 22 2016 4:25 pm

        oh thank you so much, that’s kind of you
        Miam miam… to your cake
        Kisses

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      • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2016 6:06 pm

        I wish I could share some with you. 🙂

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  23. Andrew Petcher / Jul 22 2016 7:09 pm

    I equally hate those people who abuse ‘mother and baby’ parking spaces!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2016 8:49 pm

      Yes, they are annoying too, but not a patch on those who abuse the disability permits. Mums are usually young and pushing prams. When Aunt Esther lived with us, I was in my 50s and used to pushing a wheelchair.

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  24. hiMe / Jul 22 2016 9:23 pm

    It is intriguing the driver wasn’t punished!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 22 2016 9:58 pm

      Yes, it is intriguing. We’ll hope something is done soon.

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  25. Mike / Jul 22 2016 11:33 pm

    Give’em hell Peggy!! Suggest you contact your local newspaper for a human interest story?

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  26. fitnessgrad / Jul 23 2016 12:10 am

    Yes, I myself have witnessed people doing this sometimes as well. Rarely but on my school parking lot, I noticed a couple of students parking in the handicapped area and I am thinking “shame on you” for taking a special spot on the car lot because you can’t use those two legs God gave you and do exactly what I am doing; which is walking a further distance to the same door. It was apparent they too thought hey, it will only be a few minutes and sure I guess if it hadn’t been hours later I wouldn’t have griped. It just irks me sometimes, because people who are totally capable of walking always want to take the easy way out of stuff (in this case parking in handicap parking to get closer parking because they do not want to have to walk any further than what they consider necessary) handicap parking is there for a reason and should not be abused. I hope you do report them. Good post!

    Shay-lon

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 23 2016 10:09 am

      Thanks Shay-lon, and, yes, it’s the attitude that is so annoying. The thought that somehow they are more deserving of the parking space than any person who is actually entitled to it.

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  27. Trinity / Jul 23 2016 2:13 am

    Good for you, in speaking up! I say, get a flash mob of teenagers together, wait until he leaves his car, and then plaster the car with medium of choice… post-it notes declaring him a disabled parking abuser plastered from tire to roof, or rotten eggs, whichever works most effectively. Sharpies are practical too…

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  28. Derrick / Jul 23 2016 6:28 am

    Today was funny, a BMW estate parked in a disabled bay, no blue sticker, bloke got out went and got a trolley and went off to do his shopping, but he forgot to lock the car

    This old girl came out of the supermarket, saw the car, went all around the car, tried the doors and found they were open, she got out of her chair and climbed in to the drivers seat, locked the door and just fiddled with things

    Now I don’t know her, I have just seen her, she says hello, that’s as far as it goes really

    I had nothing else to do so I just sat down, had a smoke to see where this was going to go

    He came out pushing his trolley, not really much in it, he tried to open the boot, it didn’t, he went to the front door and saw this old girl in there, he tried to open the door, well that didnt work, she opened the window a bit and asked him what he wanted, he said he wanted his car back, she said it wasn’t his car, because he didn’t have a blue sticker and it was in a disabled bay

    He said he only put it in there because he only had a little bit of shopping to get

    Now the old girl was getting in her stride now, she says it don’t matter how much shopping you have to buy, this is a disabled bay and you aint

    He said if she didn’t open the door and get out of his car, he would call the police, of course she agreed whole heartedly

    I went over to him and said ‘you aint going to win, she is old and don’t give a toss mate’

    Well he never liked that, I just sat down again, he started shouting at her, she looked at him, stuck up 2 fingers and shut the window

    He went back to the window and said ‘please get out of my car, my wife will be here soon, I cant have her see you in there’

    She looked and smiled, then just ignored him

    Sure enough, his wife did turn up and saw the old girl in his car, she opened the window and asked who she was, she said I am his wife, she (the old girl) said no you aint I am, we been married 10 years and he always brings me here to this supermarket

    His wife looked at him and said what the blood hell is going on here ?

    He looked at the car, then his wife, then back at the car (bad mistake) his wife hit him with her hand bag, then again

    There was quite a crowd now and guess what ? people had phones out

    Anne had arrived to pick me up, so I never saw how it all panned out, I have tried to find out if anyone uploaded it, but so far no luck

    I would have loved to see how it all finished up, but I don’t think he will use that supermarket or park in a disabled bay again

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 23 2016 10:03 am

      Derrick, this is absolutely priceless. Thanks so much for sharing it and, if you ever find out, let us know what happened. Maybe you’ll see that amazing gal again and she can fill you in.

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    • jeanleesworld / Jul 25 2016 12:56 am

      Oh my gosh! Both your stories are brilliant Derrick. And Peggy, I do hope you get that bugger who keeps putting his BMW in that space. Keep us posted!

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    • Derrick / Jul 26 2016 4:53 am

      haven’t seen her for a few days, but all the staff in the supermarket are talking about it

      Apparently the police did get called, she still wouldn’t get out of the car, he went to hospital, had a broken nose and the police let it to the blokes wife to coax the old girl out of the car, the police couldn’t do anything as it was on private land (the super market) and apart from sitting in the car she had broke no law, she never broke into it as it was unlocked and never took anything (I think going by what I have been told the police just wanted to get away)

      Its a funny old world, if you take time and look around 🙂

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  29. Carol Ferenc / Jul 23 2016 8:48 am

    Never cross an angry bunch of seniors! Good for you, Peggy, and good luck on your mission. His behavior is disgusting.

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  30. Coral Waight / Jul 23 2016 10:09 am

    I didn’t realise you could buy a parking spot. What next!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 23 2016 10:12 am

      You can’t buy a parking spot, but I think you can buy a disabled parking permit on the sly.

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  31. Coral Waight / Jul 23 2016 10:51 am

    Okay.

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  32. badfish / Jul 23 2016 3:28 pm

    It bothers me no end to see someone not disabled pull into and use the disabled spots. It’s just not right. But what this guys is doing is taking it to extremes. Of course, I would love to have one of those permits!!! I used to love to drive my mom (who legally owned a permit) and we would just zip right into a parking space near the door. Gawd that feels good. Your guy is probably a lawyer…

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 23 2016 3:55 pm

      Yes, he has taken it to extremes. The permit means he can park in any space for free, but he damn well shouldn’t be using a disabled space, unless he really is disabled. His furtiveness makes me think he’s not.

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      • badfish / Jul 23 2016 7:08 pm

        OK, let’s take a look at a more positive side of things. Maybe he’s disabled mentally!?? Does that count? If so, it might mean I could apply for a permit!!

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      • leggypeggy / Jul 23 2016 8:41 pm

        So could I, but I’d rather it not be known.

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  33. The Sweet Life Squared / Jul 25 2016 9:53 am

    Thank you for this! After a series of surgeries, I was wheelchair bound and one day I happened to be waiting for a pedestrian to cross before I pulled into a clearly designated handicapped space. All of a sudden from another direction came a man in a very expensive car, who could clearly see my blinker on for waiting for the spot. He of course pulled in anyway. After parking much farther away. My oldest spotted the man in the store, checking out. He wheeled me right up to the man (OH no!). He then asked the man if his “mom” (in a wheelchair) “could help” the man out with his purchases; “considering we had to pass right by his car parked in the handicapped space anyway, on our way to our much further parking space”. It took everything I had, not to snort out laughter. I do believe he made his point though. 🙂 These kids crack me up! Thank you again for this and I really do love your posts!

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  34. mistermuse / Jul 25 2016 10:01 pm

    When I went to the store last week, there were some Canada geese strutting very slowly around the parking lot like they owned the place, mostly in the handicapped spaces area. The only apparent handicap they had was to be oblivious to any attempts to get them out of the way — in fact, they seem to think they have as much right to be there as anyone. The effrontery! Not seeing any handicapped placards hanging from any part of their anatomy, I would’ve reported them, but not wanting to be given the bird, I chickened out and went about my business.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 25 2016 10:41 pm

      What a great point. I don’t think I would have challenged them either.

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  35. D'Dream / Jul 27 2016 2:58 am

    Very interesting

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  36. I went to park in a handicapped space (legitimately) in front of the pharmacy, but a woman stood in the middle of it, texting, completely unaware that I was trying to park. I gave her a minute to move. I didn’t want to honk my horn. She still stood there talking until she suddenly looked up and realized I was waiting. She stepped aside to allow me just enough space to park. It’s not only drivers one has to contend with, it’s also pedestrians.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 31 2016 9:52 am

      Oh my goodness. How oblivious can people be? I have never experienced this, but I’m glad you’ve pointed it out.

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  37. ideenbarimani / Aug 1 2016 12:18 pm

    terrible. we know better. most of us do.

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  38. Daal / Aug 2 2016 3:17 am

    Perhaps disability has to do with lack of brains? If that’s the case, would be nice if people at least park between the lines.

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    • leggypeggy / Aug 2 2016 8:27 am

      Oh my gosh, I think you’re right. Thanks for starting my day with a smile. 🙂

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  39. chattykerry / Aug 2 2016 6:14 am

    Have you considered that he might have narcissistic personality disorder and be entitled to a disabled spot? Seriously, I would have been so angry that I would have confronted him and shamed him (not that I suggest you do, I have a mental illness to defend myself with… :)) It makes me fume that people would even consider doing that – it isn’t common here in Texas but we have lots of space.

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    • leggypeggy / Aug 2 2016 8:13 am

      I see the car regularly, but I have seen a driver only twice. Both times it was the same person and that person was striding away from the car, seemingly in no need of assistance to walk. Both times I was too far away to actually confront. Twice I have sat in my car, waiting for the person to return, but they haven’t, which means that in addition to probably abusing the disabled space, he is also abusing the 2-hour time limit. My intention is to confront him—if I see him—and let him know I will continue to report him until he parks in a non-disabled space or convinces me that he is entitled to it. So far, it seems the city has done nothing about it. 😦

      It is pouring with rain today and I’m taking a 94-year-old old woman (with a walking frame) to seniors’ gym. I will be livid if that car is in one of the four disabled spaces near the door, and it means we have to park far away.

      Rant still not over.

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      • chattykerry / Aug 2 2016 9:52 am

        I don’t blame you, Peggy. I regularly took my recently deceased young friend for chemotherapy and struggled to find a parking spot. I dropped her off at the door and re-parked. To be fair, all the other people had disability stickers and probably had cancer too. Would it be easier to put an anonymous note on his car, saying that you have reported him to the authorities. That might frighten him enough to park elsewhere, perhaps?

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      • leggypeggy / Aug 2 2016 6:55 pm

        I’ve considered the note approach. Went to the gym today and all the disabled spaces were full, but his car wasn’t there. Lo and behold, when we left the gym I saw a different guy, with a different car, park in one of the now-available disabled spaces and stride off. I’m going to beg the city officials to have a parking inspector sit in a plain car for one morning. At $500+ per offence, they should make a fortune.

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  40. dishdessert / Aug 2 2016 9:37 pm

    https://dishdessert.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/the-black-cat-blue-sea-title/

    je vous avais choisis pour participer à ce prix.

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    • leggypeggy / Aug 4 2016 8:50 am

      Thanks so much for the nomination. Unfortunately I have to decline. We travel so much and often remotely. It is common for me to go without a connection for some days. So from the beginning, I have had to keep my blog award-free and challenge-free. Thanks for thinking of me, but I know you will understand.

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  41. Hemangini / Aug 4 2016 4:44 am

    >.< Walk into any Indian train, bus or govt vehicle or space and you will find this happening… Disabled people standing and able ones sitting in their chair also happens here.. I hope the driver gets caught :p

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    • leggypeggy / Aug 4 2016 8:51 am

      I have seen this happen in India. Shameful. 😦
      I’m hoping the driver gets caught here.

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  42. cassandrajanus / Aug 4 2016 8:08 pm

    I completely understand your anger about this, but some people don’t appear to have mobility issues when they actually are suffering. Complex regional pain syndrome, which leaves a person in perpetual intense pain after a major or minor injury, does not look like that person is disabled but they have great difficulty moving. This is thankfully rare and is due to nerve damage. A friend who suffers from this has experienced people berating her in the street for having the blue badge and using disabled parking, because she is young and looks fit. She only needs a crutches when she is moving over longer distances. However if forced to do so she is in bed for a day crying in pain, wishing she did not have a foot. The foot looks perfectly healthy outwardly and has full mobility but it is shooting sharp relentless burning pain all through her body. There is no point chopping the foot off, because the nerve damage will move further up the body. She is with this pain daily, but she is amazing and puts me to shame with her drive and confidence.

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    • leggypeggy / Aug 4 2016 10:24 pm

      Thank you for your thoughtful and detailed comment. I know there are many ‘invisible’ afflictions and my heart goes out to people, such as your friend, who are accused of ‘cheating’ the system.

      My concern about this fellow is that he waits to get out of the car until he thinks no one is looking. If he got out in front of me, I might ask politely ‘are you entitled to use this space?’ and I wouldn’t argue with him if he said yes.

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  43. MK / Aug 5 2016 12:29 pm

    I nearly left a nasty note on a car just today. Nice car. Two women got out & walked comfortably off to the store. I considered having a batch of business cards made up with the line WHAT IF SOMEONE WITH A REAL HANDICAP NEEDS THIS SPOT? or something like that. I could go through so many cards here in Los Angeles. I notice how many not-visibly-handicapped drivers have expensive cars, and I wonder if there’s a reason.

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    • leggypeggy / Aug 5 2016 1:00 pm

      Sadly some people think they have more rights and entitlements than others. I like your card idea.

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  44. The Sweet Life Squared / Aug 6 2016 12:12 am

    We have motorized buggy’s/carts for people who have trouble walking in many of our stores. One day a friend’s Grandparents went up to our local grocers. Her Grandpa has problems with his hips, but it has never affected his crusty attitude one bit. You want to stay on his good side because then he’s a teddy bear, otherwise, watch out! Anyway, as her grandparent’s pulled in to the store and were about to pull into a handicap bay/space, two young men slipped into the spot and ran right into the store. Not only were they able, they were not even driving a car with the handicap tag or license (which people also abuse). Her Grandpa had to be dropped off by his wife at the front of the store and he was steaming. So instead of him just writing the whole thing off, he drove that motorized cart back out of the store and parked right behind the young men’s car, and called the police. Apparently the young men came out and starting giving him a hard time and he just gave it right back, so much a crowd assembled backing her Grandpa. The police came, the men got away with a ticket, and her Grandpa was mad they didn’t tow it, but this story still cracks me up!

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    • leggypeggy / Aug 6 2016 8:23 am

      It’s a wonderful story of justice being served. Thanks so much for sharing it.

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  45. vagabondurges / Aug 6 2016 4:22 pm

    Ah yes, the BMW driver. As a cyclist I quickly learned to watch out for BMW and Prius drivers. (SUV’s and white cars came next.) And it’s not my imagination.
    http://theweek.com/articles/461073/not-imagination-bmw-drivers-are-biggest-jerks

    Good on you for trying to get someone to hold him responsible for his douchebaggery.

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    • leggypeggy / Aug 6 2016 7:03 pm

      It’s amazing how these instincts are not our imagination. Both of Derrick’s stories above involved BMW drivers. Oh the douchebaggery. I hope you don’t mind if I pinch that word for future use?

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      • vagabondurges / Aug 7 2016 2:05 am

        hahaha Not at all!

        After reading your post I moved to local news, where a BMW driver killed a cyclist in a hit-and-run in San Francisco, then I went downtown where another one had parked right in the middle of two spaces to make sure no one dinged their status symbol. It was a rough day for my perceptions of a brand name.

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      • leggypeggy / Aug 7 2016 8:27 am

        Perhaps BMWs should be issued with a safety warning—driving this car can be hazardous to everyone else’s health and the satisfactory operation of your brain.

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  46. terrepruitt / Aug 19 2016 8:44 am

    I have only pulled into a disabled spot to turn around in a parking lot!

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  47. Deb / Aug 26 2016 11:32 pm

    People don’t realize just how serious this issue is until they experience it, then they realize how disrespectful they have been towards others. I hope he has a legitimate reason for parking there however if not, I hope your persistence resolves the problem. Good for you for taking action and do keep us updated!!

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    • leggypeggy / Aug 27 2016 6:56 pm

      ‘Disrespectful’ is a perfect take on the behaviour, so are thoughtless and inconsiderate. I’m pleased to report that he has not parked there for four weeks. It’s possible he is on holiday, so I am keeping watch. Next week will be most telling, because Australians get four weeks a year of annual leave. Stay tuned.

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      • Deb / Aug 27 2016 10:36 pm

        Let’s hope he’s gone and not on holiday but I will stay tuned to find out for sure! If he is gone for good then “pats on the back”to you and “thank you” for going that extra step and taking action to correct a wrong. Bravo!

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      • leggypeggy / Aug 27 2016 11:05 pm

        I promise to come back with news.

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  48. Stephanae V. McCoy / Sep 4 2016 4:15 am

    Good for you Peggy!! Love your persistence. I agree with Deb that people don’t get how important it is to leave these spaces for people who have disabilities. Recently I saw an article or post where the writer (who isn’t disabled) thought it was hilarious to use the bathroom stalls designated for the disabled. As a friend of mine once said “Accessibility is not a privilege but a basic human right” and people who don’t have disabilities need to understand if we could have it any other way most of us would choose not to have a disability.

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 4 2016 10:58 am

      Oh, I’m a banshee when it comes to disabled services and matters of accessibility. It’s hard for the person with the disability and it’s hard for any carers too. Poor John’s Aunt Esther lived with us for eight years, from when she was 89 until she was 97 and went into demented aged care. I’ve pursued many an offender over the years.

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      • Stephanae V. McCoy / Sep 4 2016 11:19 am

        Wow 8 years is a long time to care for someone like Poor John’s Aunt Esther. My mother just went into a nursing home (she has alzheimers) although she’s had symptoms for 10+ years. I’m thankful that she was able to remain independent up until July of this year. She also had a disability that she’s lived with for well over 20 years and like you I became a banshee of sorts when it came to matters concerning disability. I keep saying that as a group those of us with disabilities are the 3rd largest minority group in the world and the thing that distinguishes us from other groups is anyone at anytime can become a member. It’s a shame there’s a segment of the population who thinks living with disabilities are funny but when they find themselves in a similar situation then it becomes different.

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      • leggypeggy / Sep 4 2016 11:38 am

        Aunt Esther was very independent the first four years with us, but deteriorated quite steadily thereafter. Hope your mother does well in the nursing home. Esther was in a beautiful one and with such wonderful carers.

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  49. Forestwoodfolkart / Sep 5 2016 8:55 am

    I certainly would ask him politely to clarify the situation. I used to drive a disabled lady to and pick her up from appointments meaning I had a permit to take and place in my car. This man’s hesitatoon may have been because he was waiting for a call to say she was out of the drs appt or such like? However I have seen others parking illegally there and usually it is the expensive car owners just popping in to get s’thing quickly. I always had the permit displayed when I was carrying out this job. At no other time. Still, I was berated by do gooder seniors who didn’t check my windscreen for the permit and that is not a fun experience when you are doing a community service or your job.

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 5 2016 10:36 am

      I would ask him if I could catch up with him. The two times I have seen him, I was too far away. Both times he was striding away from the car, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase. I’m guessing he was going to work.

      But it has now been five weeks since I’ve seen him parking there, so I suspect he was caught and fined, and the permit was taken from him.

      And yes, it is annoying and disheartening when people jump to a conclusion about your actions. There’s no need to berate someone without having the facts.

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      • Forestwoodfolkart / Sep 5 2016 6:34 pm

        The briefcase does sound like he is off to work. Glad that it has been sorted now.

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      • leggypeggy / Sep 5 2016 6:45 pm

        I’m still keeping watch, just in case.

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  50. flahertylandscape / Sep 5 2016 6:59 pm

    No mercy! All mercy! I paid good money for that permit! So…?
    🙂

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  51. dunelight / Sep 11 2016 2:51 am

    Thank you. I used to pull in behind them and call the police. There is greater awareness in our area now that those spots are for the disabled.

    And now I realize, I’m handicapped, this person could hurt me. And, boy howdy, have I had a lot of interesting discussions with hostile people about the inane placement of some handicapped spots.

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  52. disabilityeye / Feb 27 2017 9:20 am

    One of the worst things for a disabled person to encounter such a horrible thing to do!🙁

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 27 2017 7:21 pm

      It is a horrible thing to do. Luckily that offender has never parked there again.

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